“Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi”

All sport watching Australian Citizens, whether that be the ones that nationalised only a mere 24 hrs ago such as ‘yours truly’,  those born from parents that migrated here in the 60’s, or the very first of Australia’s inhabitants, the Indigenous People.  All of us need to use “Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi” when conversing in the Australian language.

You may read this, and be thinking that I have lost the plot, (and you would be right), but in this instance I have a point!

I appreciate that Australians speak the very same English language that is my native tongue, but I have quickly come to realise that Aussies also have a whole new language that will take me another 33  years to learn.

Back home, we have a Geordie dictionary for tourists that visit Newcastle Upon Tyne, to explain our hometown slang.

But now it’s me that needs one here! a phrase book to remind me that the word thongs don’t define a scantily clad pair of knickers, but are in fact a pair of shoes. Or that an esky isn’t a abbreviation of the first people to live in the northern circumpolar region, but a fabulously fitting word for an Australian cool box! sheer brilliance!


Don’t even get me started on “Fair Dinkum!”……. four years later, and I’m still trying to figure out when to use that one!

Anyway, back to one of the best,



What it actually means is anybody’s guess!

It is claimed to have originated from the chant Oggy Oggy Oggy, which was used by soldiers in the British Navy in Second World War.

You see, It doesn’t matter what the sport is, what the score is, (say the next bit with a plum in your mouth)…….what the private perspective that one may wish to eloquently convey is…………….”Oi Oi Oi” just does it all!

Is this because no one could really be bothered to come up with any alternatives?, or is it that they tried and failed?, or is it because they just don’t need them?

Who bloody cares! IT JUST WORKS!!!

It’s like the Aussie oral version of Peter Kay’s hand signal for the bill, and it’s used all over the entire country.

Just this morning my twins were taking part in their school Commonwealth Games Sports Day, and it was chanted/squawked by the 800  hyped up schoolies within the first 5 minutes of our arrival.

I personally, can’t imagine myself ever uttering this phrase. I’m more a c’mon type of lass. But I suppose that I should never say never! After all, Mick already says weird stuff.

Like, seriously weird.

Like, not Australian words,…… but not English words either!

He tries his very bestest (bestest, lol!…speaking of weird!)  to sound like a really hip Aussie when he is with his mates, and regularly throws a “Yo Bro” into the ‘convo’. He has recently caught him referring to sausages as snags.

But I just don’t understand how he can change his accent so dramatically and now sound Aussie, and yet I sound exactly as I did 30 odd years ago?

Whatever the reason, I am proud to be British, and as of yesterday, I’m now proud to be  ‘a bit’ Australian too!

As far as I can see it, it’s the best of both worlds!


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